(NBC News) – Nuclear talks with Iran continue in Switzerland today. Officials are rushing toward a crucial deadline to either outline a plan, or call it quits at the end of this month.
Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee hears from the State Department on how the talks are going…
And they’ll hear from the Treasury on whether U.S. sanctions against Iran will continue.
Lawmakers want a much longer, tougher deal than Secretary of State John Kerry is negotiating in Switzerland to prevent the possibility of Iran building a nuclear weapon.
Now, a new twist: Israel’s Prime Minister has won re-election after being very publicly and vehemently opposed to these talks.
“We don’t think that his win has impacted the Iran negotiations, or will,” said State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
Analysts say Benjamin Netanyahu’s opposition to the talks, and rejecting a Palestinian state sets up an almost inevitable confrontation with President Obama. “Those two issues are going to drive this relationship unfortunately to a bad place,” said Martin Indyk of the Brookings Institution.
Back in Switzerland, Iran’s technical experts say they’ve worked out all but one or two key issues on curbing the country’s nuclear production.
Talks are expected to continue tomorrow.